Puerto Rico’s Estefanía Soto Torres to don ‘Walter Mercado’ national costume at Miss Universe 2020

16 Apr 2021 | Priya Bhardwaj



Miss Universe Puerto Rico organization took to their official social media to reveal the National Costume that Estefania Soto Torres is going to wear at the upcoming edition of Miss Universe. The costume is titled ‘Walter Mercado’ which has been designed by uber talented designer and plastic artist Joshuan Aponte.

The costume has been inspired by the unifying message of the Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado. Walter Mercado was a Puerto Rican actor, dancer, and writer whose astrological character made him an icon of Hispanic popular culture. His existence inspired millions of people worldwide and his lesson on the love of diversity.



Estefania also talked about her costume as she said, “With the challenges that humanity has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Walter Mercado's message of encouragement and great universal impact is perfect for the Miss Universe stage. Walter pioneered freedom and universal acceptance, and in this costume we embrace his unique sense of style and honor his message of timeless character. A message that managed to transcend generations, identities and cultures: union, heart, and much, much love.”

Walter Mercado also went by his stage name Shanti Ananda. Netflix’s latest documentary, Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, captures his surprising life, and enduring legacy. Mercado is a figure that many Latinos grew up with and still feel nostalgic about.